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Bake Off is PC? Show me a reality show that isn’t contrived | Gaby Hinsliff

8 October 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Reality telly loves a ‘journey’, and if it happens to belong to a Muslim woman with a knack for a lemon drizzle cake, then so be it

It’s just a silly cake competition. But still, you’d have to be as hard as a week-old rock bun not to warm to Nadiya Jamir Hussain, the sweet-natured winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off. Having initially worried that people might react badly to seeing a Muslim woman making cakes, she quickly blossomed into the nation’s favourite – proving by her victory, as she herself put it, that she is “as British as anyone else”.

Yet depressingly, not everyone has felt able to savour that success. The Daily Mail’s Amanda Platell sniped recently that Hussain’s Aga-owning rival Flora Shedden might not have been kicked off if only she’d baked a “chocolate mosque”. The Sun’s television »

- Gaby Hinsliff

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